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Candidate Statement for Shelley Olds. I am honored to be nominated for the Education Committee chair position. My goal as chair would be to continue the openness and inclusivity that ESIP is known for. I envision raising the visibility of the education materials available from the members of the ESIP community through our Out to Lunch 10-minute data & tool explorations, updating the wiki area to provide links to materials, and to continue the Drones in STEM initiative to complete the eBook, enlist educators to test the activities in their teaching environments, and to opportunistically align and network with other groups and organizations who are doing similar activities.
Since many of you haven’t met me, here's a little background. I am a science, technology, and data geek with a penchant for teaching. I have a M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Development and a B.S. in Earth Science / Geophysics. During my 16+ year career, I have led, developed, and taught science curricula and education products. I developed the interactive science education module, From Gateways to Glaciation, for the Ocean Drilling Program with an instructional design firm. I worked with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Science Directorate in education to coordinate education programs, develop data exploration web interfaces, develop the Earthgazer digital library, and co-create the ADN metadata framework for the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). At the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, I co-led the DLESE Teaching Box project to develop classroom-ready instructional units and collaborated with digital library developers to integrate education material collections into DLESE. Currently I am a Science Education Specialist for UNAVCO's Education and Community Engagement program, leading the data interface re-design for the GPS Velocity Viewer and the current UNAVCO web design, creating geodetic data-rich educational materials for undergraduate and secondary Earth science courses, and leading professional development programs for K-12 teachers. I have been involved with the ESIP Education Committee for the past year and a half working with the committee to use drones as a platform to infuse STEM into learning environments.